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Before by Melissa Pearl
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bookshelves: young-adult, zz-reviewed, novella, read-to-review

BEFORE is a prequel novella that takes place before Dale and Nicole meet in BETWIXT. It starts with Dale, staring through his window at a sad, lost girl. He doesn’t know why, but he feels an intense longing to help her. But will she want the help of a scarred boy with a reckless past?

The story then flashes back to 14 months earlier, when Dale’s life changed drastically. He’d been a fairly typical 15-year-old boy—fighting his parents’ strict rules and Christian upbringing. He started hanging out with a bad crowd and before he knew it he was reveling in the freedom of stolen cars and easy women (okay just one woman). It wasn’t long before his parents caught on to his antics and tried to stop his deviant behavior, but that only pushed him further and faster. Several bad decisions later and he finds himself in a life-threatening situation hoping he’ll live long enough to make a change.

Dale gets his second chance but it’s with a mangled scar on his face as a constant reminder of his past. But Nicole makes him want to do more then hide out and study away the hours until he’s in college. He finds himself wanting to enter high school again just for the chance to help her.

BEFORE sets the stage for Dale and Nicole’s story in BETWIXT and I’m excited to see what Melissa Pearl has in store!

**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.

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Reading Progress

October 15, 2013 – Shelved
October 15, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read-for-review
November 27, 2013 – Started Reading
November 27, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
November 27, 2013 – Shelved as: zz-reviewed
November 27, 2013 – Shelved as: novella
November 27, 2013 – Shelved as: read-to-review
November 27, 2013 – Finished Reading

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